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Crucial meeting on Gurdwara Bill today
DSGMC constitutes parallel panel
Amritsar, August 27
Even as the crucial meeting to discuss the draft of the All-India Gurdwara Bill, 1999, has been convened at the residence of Chief Minister Parkash Singh in Chandigarh tomorrow, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) has constituted a parallel committee, comprising representatives from Takht Patna Sahib, Hazoor Sahib, Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir.

Gurdwara Manji Sahib Election
Haryana team opposed to fresh poll
Members of the SGPC from Haryana come out of the committee office in Amritsar on Monday. Amritsar, August 27
A piquant situation was created today when the elections to elect a new managing committee of Gurdwara Manji Sahib, Kaithal, Haryana, held recently under the directions of the SGPC were declared null and void by the committee. A delegation from Haryana has alleged that the SGPC was discriminating against the gurdwaras of the state.

Members of the SGPC from Haryana come out of the committee office in Amritsar on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Bail to dera chief will jeopardise trial: CBI
Chandigarh, August 27
Asserting that grant of pre-arrest bail to Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh will seriously jeopardise the trial, the CBI today filed a reply before the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking the dismissal of his bail plea in the case of sexual exploitation of “sadhvis”.

Gurjeet got calls to snap ties with dera: Kin
Bangi Nihal Singh Wala (Bathinda), August 27
Sarabjit Kaur, sister of the deceased, ties rakhi on the hand of the charred Gurjeet Singh in Bathinda on Monday. The body of Gurjeet Singh, follower of Dera Sacha Sauda, who immolated himself late last evening, was cremated in the local cremation ground amid tight security arrangements.

Sarabjit Kaur, sister of the deceased, ties rakhi on the hand of the charred Gurjeet Singh in Bathinda on Monday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Bollywood actress Monica Bedi washes dishes at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Monday.

Bollywood actress Monica Bedi washes dishes at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Monday. — Tribune photo by Rajiv Sharma



U-turn by farmer leader Lakhowal
Ludhiana, August 27
Kisan leader Ajmer Singh Lakhowal seems to have undergone a thorough metamorphosis after assuming the charge as chairman of the Punjab Mandi Board although he continues to be the president of the state unit of the Bharatiya Kisan Union.

Worst phase is over: Monica
Amritsar, August 27
“My worst phase is over and the people will soon watch me in films”, said Monica Bedi, film actress and close accomplice of Abu Salem, to the media on her visit to the city today.

A file photo of Parsi woman Tehmi Bhandari with her grand daughter. Parsi woman dies at 101
Amritsar, August 27
Tehmi Bhandari, a Parsi woman, died at her residence here yesterday at the age of 101. Born in a rich, conservative Parsi family in 1906, Tehmi continued to live in the city, though her children are abroad. She was the second child in a family of five sisters and a brother. Her father, Adeshwar Bogga, was the owner of ice factories in Amritsar and Ludhiana.

A file photo of Parsi woman Tehmi Bhandari with her grand daughter.


Cong MLAs on warpath against SAD
Bathinda, August 27
A section of Congress MLAs said today that they would launch an agitation in different assembly segments of this district shortly to oppose the atrocities being committed on the people of this region by leaders of the ruling Akali Dal.

6 quit KAC over Bittu’s removal
Amritsar, August 27
Terming the expulsion of Daljit Singh Bittu from SAD (Amritsar) as unfortunate, the Khalsa Action Committee (KAC) came down heavily on Simranjit Singh Mann for going overboard to criticise and question the working of the KAC.


Resource Mobilisation
Consensus eludes SAD-BJP panel
Chandigarh, August 27
Leaders of the SAD-BJP combine in Punjab continue to be in a quandary over resource mobilisation to fund the development plan and meet other financial requirements.


Creation of knowledge hub
Regunathan meets Badal
Chandigarh, August 27
A three-member team of the national knowledge commission (NKC) led by its advisor S. Regunathan today called on Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to apprise him of the recommendations made by the commission and their implementation to create a knowledge hub in the state.

MC employees to continue strike
Banur MC employees protest in Banur on Monday. Banur, August 27
An urgent meeting of the Banur Municipal Council members was held this morning to resolve the crises arisen due to the strike of the council employees. The council employees have stopped work for the past two days protesting against police inaction following the attack on the MC employees by a group of over twenty persons when they tried to demolish an unauthorised structure on the police station road here last week.

Banur MC employees protest in Banur on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Statement baseless, says Ahluwalia
Chandigarh, August 27
Reacting to a statement by Simranjit Singh Mann, president of the Guru Gobind Singh Foundation Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia today clarified that he was not facing any trial in any CBI court, nor had the CBI ever booked him in any case.

Fluorescent lamps soon
Chandigarh, August 27
The Punjab government has set a deadline of three months for switch over to the use of compact fluorescent lamps ( CFL) in place of incandescent lamps and conventional tubes in all government buildings, including offices, guest houses, offices of boards and corporations, etc.

30 saplings planted
Patiala, August 27
The Helping Hands Society planted thirty saplings yesterday at Bachittar Nagar.


High Court
DGP told to file affidavit
Chandigarh, August 27
A Division Bench, comprising Justice Uma Nath Singh and Justice Rajive Bhalla, today directed the Punjab DGP to file an affidavit and to ensure that no untoward incident happens during a religious congregation scheduled to be held in Ludhiana district from September 2-6.

Custodial Torture
PSHRC seeks report from SSP
Chandigarh, August 27
The Punjab Human Rights Commission has sought a report from the state government and the SSP, Hoshiarpur, on or before October 8 over alleged custodial torture of a salesman by the CIA wing.

Court reserves order on Sandhu’s bail plea
Patiala, August 27
The court of additional sessions judge and special judge Bhupinder Singh today adjourned the case of former registrar of Punjabi University Baldev Singh Sandhu for August 29 for orders on granting bail to him.


Need to stop disastrous cropping pattern: Report
Chandigarh, August 27
Forty years after the Green Revolution provided food security to millions in the country and changed the Punjab’s economy, its ecology needs immediate attention due to ill-affects of Green Revolution, especially the rotation of wheat-paddy, as per the latest scientific findings on the prevailing environmental conditions.


Another case against Moga MLA
Moga, August 27
Congress MLA from this Assembly constituency Joginder Pal Jain, along with four members of his family, was today booked for evasion of stamp duty by flouting PUDA norms. Following a complaint of chief administrator, PUDA, the police registered a case against Jain, his wife Swarn Lata, Rohini, and sons Puneet and Akshit for violating the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act, 1995.

17-year-old girl killed in accident
Rajpura, August 27
A 17-year-old girl was killed while four others sustained injuries as a speeding bus rammed into a tractor-trolley near Ali Majra village near here, this afternoon.

Former mayor’s kin killed
Patiala, August 27
Four persons, including a father-son duo, were killed in two different accidents that occurred in the city today.

Accident victim dies
Kharar, August 27
Jagmohan Singh, a resident of Ranjeet Nagar, who met with an accident on August 25, died at the PGI, Chandigarh, today.


Medical Colleges
Mann supports poor students
Jalandhar, August 27
A major hike in the fees of medical educations by the Parkash Singh Badal-led SAD-BJP government has shattered the dreams of students from poor and medium-class sections.

Science workshop concludes
Patiala, August 27
The Punjab State Council of Science and Technology, in collaboration with the department of zoology, Punjabi University, Patiala, organised a seven-day motivational programme from August 20 to 26.


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